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The 42 granite islands of the Seychelles, including Mahé and Praslin form the heart of the archipelago. They are also the only remote oceanic islands in the world that originated from a single continental mass, with no coral or volcanic influence.
The Seychelles came about due to continental drift. 200 million years ago, these islands belonged to a huge supercontinent, Gondwana. Later, violent tectonic movements divided this continent, and its remnants can now be found in South America, Africa, Madagascar, the Indian subcontinent, Australia, and Antarctica. As the continent broke apart, water flooded the gaps and the Indian Ocean came to be. The landmasses moved further apart over time, but some remnants were left behind between Africa and India, and the inner Seychelles islands are some of these relics.